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Divorce by phone?

In his responsa (Tzitz Eliezer 10:47) R. Waldenburg quotes some authorities who maintained that in a state of emergency one can direct by telephone to write a get for his wife without even appearing ...
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Are there any contemporary "Gedolim" that prohibit the use of davening from a smart phone?

Before discussing praying on a smart phone, there is the question of even having it enter the synagogue. Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, R. Yitzhak Yosef (the son of R. Ovadia Yosef), considers some ...
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What is TAG and how did it become the expected standard for frum people

Tag is a Jewish company that helps filter people’s devices in order to fight the battle against Shmirat Einayim. They have a wide array of filter options for all different types of people and ...
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Can a smartphone count as a sefer for stacking purposes?

I don't have sources, but I offer the following reasoning: There is no issue of erasing with digital representations of the divine name. Text on a screen is neither permanent nor writing. Nobody (as ...
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seeking iOS sidur

I have used RustyBrick's iOS siddur for years. Here is how it fares against your criteria: it has all nusachim (ashkenazim, sefard, edot hamizrach, chabad) and you can choose which one you want at ...
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Looking for daf yomi app recommendations

OU have recently produced a new website/app called Alldaf.org. Features (you can customize your feed according to your interests from the following features): Daf Hayomi Shiurim from a selection of ...
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Is it considered 'bikur cholim' to call someone who's sick?

Nishmat Avraham vol. 2 p. 262 answers your question
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Is one allowed to audio/ video record someone without their knowledge or consent?

Regarding your first question, it is mostly prohibited with some possible exceptions (CYLOR before doing this in practice). I have bolded the specific issues identified by these poskim. Nearly all ...
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Having fun with telemarketers

See Shulchan Aruch CM 227:26 which says that there is no prohibition of Onaas Mamon (money) when done to a goy. This is because of the passuk לא תונו איש את אחיו - A goy is not Achiv. Concerning ...
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seeking iOS sidur

The siddur in the Apple app. 'OnYourWay - ובלכתך בדרך' fits these criteria.
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Divorce by phone?

The sources to allow such a get are the mishna on Gittin 66a (translation and interpolation by R Steinsaltz) With regard to one who was thrown into a pit and thought that he would die there, and ...
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Texting/phone calls greetings and business

One should not go to someone to greet him before morning prayers, as it shows this person is more important than God, although one can greet someone when meeting him (some say it is best not to use ...
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Anonymous Shaila Lines

Kav Halacha Kav Halachah is a 24/6 'shaila line'. Rabbanim based in Eretz Yisroel, Lakewood, New York, Los Angeles, London, Melbourne and Johannesburg answer the hotline. Phone numbers: IL: +972553-...
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Anonymous Shaila Lines

There is a very widely used service provided by the Federation Beis Din in London called ShailaText and it is manned by several local Rabbonim. It writes on the website: The ShailaText service was ...
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Anonymous Shaila Lines

There's an app called instaRabbi. That might be of interest to you. They cater to any minhag type. You just have to specify that in the question. Star K also has a ask the rabbi feature in their app. ...
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Anonymous Shaila Lines

Here is a community wiki. Thanks Shmuel!
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Divorce by phone?

Looks like the Shulchan Aruch has the answer. Shulchan Arukh, Even HaEzer 141:19: And it is the same regarding someone who was thrown into a pit and said: 'anyone who is able to listen to my ...
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seeking iOS sidur

I personally use RustyBrick’s Siddur app, though I know that the Sefaria app also has a Siddur.
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Shul Donations Kiosk

There are 2 popular ones in Israeli shuls (in no particular order): Nedarim Plus Kehiloth
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Shul Donations Kiosk

I haven't seen those in any Israeli shul but it is still a good idea. Some options include iPushka - interestingly they install the kiosks at zero charges and instead make money as a percentage of ...
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Shul Donations Kiosk

ShulCloud offers such a system.
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Can I use my phone on chol hamoed?

it would have the same halachic significance as using computers which is permitted. R. Cohen writes: R’ Moshe Feinstein (Hilchos Chol Hamoed Zichron Shlomo p78) held that typing cannot be considered ...
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